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French / Mathematics

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Key Facts

Code GR11
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Mathematics. B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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By studying French/Mathematics, at Aberystwyth University, you will become an all-round expert in many aspects of France and other French-speaking countries and simultaneously explore the language of mathematics which underpins much of the modern world.

Both departments aim to create a friendly, open and supportive learning environment which students are able to reach their full potential.

The combination of French with Mathematics allows you to develop the skills that are highly sought after by employers, across a range of industries.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics, and 5th in UK for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

100% student satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics. (NSS 2018)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study French/ Mathematics at Aberystwyth University?

  • There is a wide range of expertise available within our  Department and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a French-speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as language assistant or other forms of work placements.
  • Mathematics has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, so that the department builds on over 140 of teaching excellence.
  • Mathematics as a subject will provide you with the opportunity to uncover a discipline that combines the identification and analysis of shapes and patterns with the ability to confidently analyse data.
  • During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to French studies and related research skills, in tutorial form. 
  • You will become a student in the Department of Modern Languages  that scored 93% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to provide you with an experience that is memorable and cherished. The Department of Mathematics has also scored 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)
  • Modern Language graduates are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. In the 2017 Destination of Leavers for Higher Education report published in 2018 demonstrated that a degree in Modern Languages provides a clear pathway to employment or further study. For our department, 95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating (HESA 2018). From the Department of Mathematics, 96% of the students who graduated in 2017 are in work or further study 6 months after graduation, this figure is 4% higher than the national average for Mathematics students (HESA 2018).  In addition, the recent Good University Guide published by the Times and the Sunday Times ranked us as a top 10 department for graduate prospects (employment outcomes), for the subject area of French. Our purposeful teaching ensures that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career. 
  • This degree is available to beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year. 
Our Staff

All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
French Language (Beginners) FR10740 40
French Language Advanced FR19930 30
Further Algebra and Calculus * MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Coordinate and Vector Geometry * MA10110 10
Differential Equations * MA11210 10
Images of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to French Studies FR11120 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Probability * MA10310 10
Statistics * MA11310 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Complex Analysis MA21510 10
French Language FR20130 30
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Dynamics MA25710 10
Applied Statistics MA26620 20
Distributions and Estimation MA26010 10
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
Humour and Literature FR26120 20
Hydrodynamics 1 * MA25610 10
Introduction to Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and its applications * MA25220 20
La France De Toujours FR29920 20
Language of Business 1 FR20310 10
Littérature fantastique, 18e-20e siècles / Fantastic literature, 18th-20th centuries FR27220 20
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism FR28020 20
Real Analysis * MA20110 10
Romance Linguistics EL20220 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1 IC21820 20
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel and Literature in France FR27110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits MAS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment FRS0060 60

Employability

What can I do with a French and Mathematics degree?

Our graduates have found employment in the following sectors:

  • Statistical consultancy;
  • Teaching;
  • Accountancy and banking;
  • Risk analysis, and actuarial work;
  • Financial management and investment analysis;
  • Information technology and data science;
  • Interpretation/ Translation;
  • Marketing and Communications.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in French and Maths will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement;
  • Research skills.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral;

Written;

Aural;

Translation.

In the first year you will discover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilisation;
  • European Film;
  • Algebra and calculus;
  • Geometry;
  • Differential probability and statistics;
  • Politics and culture of language across Europe.

In your second year you will explore:

  • Possibility of an independent research project;
  • An option of specialised languages modules (language of business etc.);
  • Analysis and partial differential equations;
  • Abstract and linear algebra;
  • Statistical modeling;
  • Hydrodynamics;
  • A vast choice of content modules on literature, film, and art;
  • Current issues in French and francophone society;
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages.

In your third year, you will take part in your Year Abroad where you will study with our partner Universities under the Erasmus + Programme

In your final year, you will study:

  • Semantics and Lexicography;
  • French linguistics;
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements;
  • French Literature of 18th and 19th Century;
  • Current issues in a French-speaking country;
  • A compulsory independent research project.

How will I be taught?

Our students are taught through the medium of lectures, seminars and language workshops.

We assess our students in a variety of ways depending on the modules. In our language classes, you will be assessed through continuous assessments and an exam at the end of Year 1 and Year 4. Our elective and compulsory modules are assessed through coursework in the format of a presentation and/ or essay and an examination.

Your progress will be regularly monitored through tutorial consultations and with the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP). In your last year, in order to prepare you for life after university, the PDP is replaced by writing a CV and cover letter in French.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Mathematics. B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with B in A level Mathematics and specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30 points with 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level and with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics and with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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